Involved in NSWRL's highest competition intermittently since their formation in 1988, the Newcastle Knights remain the pride of the Hunter - in all divisions. Playing out of McDonald Jones Stadium, the Knights were a foundation club of the NSWRL first division in 1998, then competing as the Central Newcastle Knights in 2008 before a three-year absence from the competition. Upon their return in 2012, the Knights experienced immediate success with third, second and eighth-place finishes in the ensuing years, followed by an historic premiership in 2015. In that season, they were the ultimate surprise packets; Newcastle finished the regular season in seventh place before going on a finals run to ultimately defeat Wyong 20-10 in the decider. With the NRL side finishing last, it was the first time a club had earned the wooden spoon in first grade and premiership in the second division in more than 60 years.
The 2016 season was one to forget for the defending premiers, with the team winning just two games to slump to the bottom of the ladder - a result once again replicated in the NRL ranks. While the club is clearly in a rebuilding phase, it welcomed a host of recognised talent midway through last season and will be better for the run under new coach Simon Woolford.
With a wealth of hooking experience around the traps at Newcastle, Tyler Randell is in an ideal spot to regain an NRL berth
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Former NSW VB Blues forward vows to return to NRL after commencing the year in the Intrust Super Premiership NSW competition
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